The exceptional solidarity aid is not enough for the Abbé Pierre foundation, which calls for a “national fund to help pay rents and charges”

The exceptional solidarity aid is not enough for the Abbé Pierre foundation, which calls for a “national fund to help pay rents and charges”

Christophe Robert, CEO of the foundation Abbé Pierre reacts on franceinfo to the announcement of exceptional solidarity aid for the most deprived during confinement.

Christophe Robert is General Delegate of the Abbé Pierre Foundation.  (RADIO FRANCE)

The exceptional solidarity aid is not enough for the Abbé Pierre foundation, which calls for a “National fund to help pay rents and charges” explained Wednesday April 15 on franceinfo Christophe Robert, general manager of the foundation. For him the exceptional aid announced by Emmanuel Macron is a “Welcome gesture” but who poses “Several problems”.

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“There are many people missing in this help”, points out the director general of the foundation. “I am thinking, for example, of young people under the age of 25 without resources, who cannot even benefit from the RSA (…) I am also thinking of these elderly people who are beneficiaries of the minimum old age, who are not concerned, to these beneficiaries of the help from disabled adults who, for many, are lonely and sometimes insecure. So there is this problem of the perimeter (…) And there is the question of the amount. It is not nothing to give 150 euros, but for a single person over the two months of confinement, that represents 2 euros 50 per day, it is very little. We, the associations, were in favor of emergency aid in the order of 250 euros per person per month. And there is also a question of duration linked to confinement. When I hear Bruno Le Maire who says ‘we will have to help the economic sector as long as the crisis lasts’, I think that we must also do the same with regard to the social situation of the most vulnerable . ”

Avoid rental evictions

Christophe Robert is particularly concerned about “The increase in expenses, charges, such as water, electricity which increase due to the fact that we stay longer in the accommodation”. This phenomenon and the decline in these resources make the members of the Abbé Pierre foundation “very worried about people who will not be able to pay their rent, who will not be able to pay their charges ”. The foundation therefore asks “That there be a national fund to help pay rents and charges to absolutely avoid rental evictions next month or the next 2 or 3 months. There is also a major social emergency here. ”